IDUB research infrastructure available to UW scientists
In spring 2021, 14 scientific groups obtained funding for the purchase of new research infrastructure from the “Excellence Initiative – Research University’ Programme” (IDUB). The first equipment has already been purchased – eight eye trackers requested by the Faculty of Psychology. They have been tested and are ready to use.
The enigma of Palaeozoic corals resolved
Prof. Mikołaj Zapalski from UW has contributed to the research on Palaeozoic corals. An international team of researchers has prepared a detailed analysis of perfectly preserved Oligophylloides corals from the Upper Devonian of Morocco and revealed that juvenile colonies have a skeleton that is anatomically very similar to that of some extant octocorals.
Tyre: Discovery of a new Roman Temple in the Phoenician port in Lebanon
Tyre, the Phoenician capital on the coast of Lebanon, is the site of the latest project with PCMA UW involvement. The international team researching this UNESCO World Heritage List city has recently finished a highly successful fieldwork season discovering the remains of a complex belonging to a Roman-period temple.
Optical billiards on a microscale
“Light offers a chance to revolutionise electronics. The electrons underlying the basis of this field of science encounter resistance as they move along a metal wire or a semiconductor layer. However, light can propagate through semiconductor crystals practically without losses, so it can be used instead of electrons to streamline logical operations,” says Dr. Jan Suffczyński from UW.
European experts address the COVID-19 pandemic
How should Europe deal with the COVID-19 pandemic in the future? Which strategies should be pursued, and what specific risks should be considered? European scientists, including Prof. Ewa Szczurek from the UW Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, have published answers to these questions. The results of their work are available in journal “The Lancet”.
Detection of gravitational waves from star-eating black holes
Scientists from the UW Astronomical Observatory have contributed to the discovery of binary systems consisting of a black hole and a neutron star (NSBH). The existence of these systems was predicted by astronomers several decades ago, but they had never been observed, either through electromagnetic or gravitational signals, until now.
How to convert solar energy into green electricity or green fuel? How to make the process of artificial photosynthesis more efficient? The answer to these questions was developed by a research team led by Prof. Joanna Kargul and Dr. Margot Jacquet from the Center of New Technologies at UW. Scientists have created a universal chemical platform for the nanostructuring of electroactive proteins.
New marine symbiosis unseen for 270 million years
Prof. Mikołaj Zapalski from the UW Faculty of Geology with researchers from Japan and Poland described an ecological “living fossil” unseen for 273 million years. Their article appeared in “Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology”.
Pre-Columbian Manuscript Publication
What gods did the Aztecs worship? How was it recognized that a given day was suitable for agricultural work or marriage? Answers to these and other questions are available in the pre-Hispanic manuscript known as “Codex Vatican B (Vat. Lat. 3773)” manuscript. An international team of academics — led by Prof. K. Mikulska from UW — present a scientific publication of this pre-Columbian document.
UW researchers proved the existence of the imaginary part of quantum mechanics
An international research team, to which scientists from the UW Centre for Quantum Optical Technologies (QOT) belong, has proved that the imaginary part of quantum mechanics can be observed in action in the real world. The research results have been published in the journals “Physical Review Letters” and “Physical Review A”.
European space – ESPON SUPER research project
On average, an area of more than 250 football fields is built-up in Europe every day. Between 2000 and 2018, as many as 1.25 million hectares of natural green or rural land were converted into urban use areas. These are the results of an international study, in which UW researchers were involved.
2020 at a glance
It has been a calendar year that will long be remembered by everyone. 2020 at the University of Warsaw saw, e.g. different rules for university operations during a COVID-19 pandemic, change of the UW authorities, ground-breaking research projects, national and international successes of UW employees and students. We present selected facts of the last year.
Second ERC grant awarded to Professor Justyna Olko
The European Research Council has announced the winners of its latest Consolidator Grant competition. Among them is Professor Justyna Olko from the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw who has received funding for implementing the MULTILING-HIST project. The project addresses the complex, multi-level dimensions of historical and contemporary multilingualism.
Obesity is a risk factor for diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. An international research team, to which researchers from the UW Faculty of Chemistry belong, identified a new factor that offers a potential new therapeutic strategy for obesity. Their study has now been published in the prestigious journal “Nature Metabolism”.
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